If you follow Tesla and the electric vehicle space, you're probably well aware that Elon Musk's promise of a cross-country Tesla Autopilot trip has been pushed back and put on hold for some time now. Once Model 3 production issues kicked in, along with the push for profitability, it seems that many less crucial plans had to be tabled.
This is not to say that it will never happen. While Musk is surely overly optimistic at times and sets the bar extremely high, he does have a reputation for following through on such promises, even if the promise comes late. Better late than never, right?
Musk previously stated that Tesla could have done the autonomous coast-to-coast trip in 2017, but it wouldn't have been to the level that he was hoping for. He explained that it's important that the Full Self-Driving tech is capable of working in any location, regardless of conditions. This is much different from using a pre-planned route and attempting to aim for cooperative weather. Musk said:
We could have done the coast-to-coast drive, but it would have required too much specialized code to effectively game it or make it somewhat brittle and that it would work for one particular route, but not the general solution. So I think we would be able to repeat it, but if it's just not any other route, which is not really a true solution.